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Gift guide: 16 Christmas ideas for the farmer in your life

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For as wide ranging as farmers’ interests are, we’re not always the easiest people to buy Christmas presents for. More often than not, I’m happier getting a new drill-bit set or a cover for my utility vehicle than I am getting something decorative or seasonal. It’s our practical nature of being around machines and animals all the time, trying to be safe, and moving ahead day by day. So hopefully, this gift guide for the farmer on your Christmas shopping list will be just the thing to help you find the best thing for him or her.

Everything on this farmer holiday gift guide list is tried and true — and found to be functional and durable for life on the farm or in rural America. And we’ll admit, just about every one of these things are items that we have in our closets, mud rooms, or workshops, and some are even repeat buys after many many years of good use. These are the kinds of gifts I’m always happy to find under the Christmas tree, so I hope that they will provide a little inspiration for you as you do your seasonal shopping!

Here are 16 great items that you may not have thought of before that you should consider as Christmas presents for farmers (and most everything here can be gotten for less than $100):

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YETI Hopper SideKick Dry

The SideKick Dry is designed to keep the important things accessible, secure, and 100% dry. This waterproof gear case is the worry-free way to carry your keys, wallet, fishing license, and phone in the wild. It’s constructed with a powerfully magnetic HydroShield Closure and RF-welded seams that repel any sign of wetness.


Duluth Trading Co. Fire Hose Cargo Work Pants

There are lots of reasons to love these work pants by Duluth (we wear ours often!), and here are a few of them:

  • Tough yet soft 11.5-oz. Fire Hose cotton canvas – the fabric that once wrapped fire hoses
  • FendOff Finish fabric treatment repels stains and water
  • Comfortable Crouch Gusset lets you bend and crouch
  • Mid-leg and back pockets with exclusive tuckable capability
  • Deep 8-oz. Fire Hose pocket bags resist punctures from tools


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LaCrosse Men’s Alpha Range 14″ NMT Work Boot

These boots are meant to be worn hard and worked hard, and they are a great multi-seasonal choice for jobs on the farm. We reviewed these in 2016, and one comment that we made at the time was: “The flexibility and fit of the Alphas Range boots have made for a comfortable and protected day.” Two years later, and they’re still our go-to pair during the wet and coldest months of the yet. The couple of biggest features are:

  • Knee-high work boot with waterproof ZXT rubber and neoprene upper
  • Active fit with adjustable gusset for easy on/off

If you’re looking for this in a women’s version, check them out here.


Dare Single Rownd Up Universal Gate Latch

After fighting gate latches for years that would fall out of alignment as our wood fencing or posts would become weathered, we were so happy to find this item! The Dare Rownd Up Latch is a universal one-way gate latch. It works on wood, tube, galvanized metal, chain link, ornamental gates and more. The Rownd Up Latch locks securely with or without a padlock, features universal mounting, a universal strike bar, and reinforced 10-gauge steel with a powder coated finish.


WRAPTIE Twin Pack Straps

From cinching gear on the tractor or utility vehicle to hauling logs or fencing materials, these quick-tie straps make rope and knots obsolete in a lot of cases. The straps come in 120-inch, 180-inch, and 240-inch versions (hence the difference in listed price), and are highly adjustable to almost any load you deal with around the farm. Plus, since there are no buckles or hooks on the straps, there’s no need to worry about anything being scratched or otherwise damaged.


Egnaro Silicone Wedding Ring

If your wedding band has ever gotten caught and yanked hard on your finger while hauling feed to the cattle or saddling up a horse or climbing down from the tractor, then maybe you need a farm ring that you’re not going to have to worry about so much. We know metal wedding bands can get pretty scratched up or, worse, smashed onto your finger. Silicone rings help take that worry away — as well as not being so dire if it falls off or gets lost in another way.


FiberFix 1″, 2″ & 4″ Repair Tape Wrap – 3 Pack

Not that we’re not fans of good ol’ fashioned duct tape, but the regular stuff can’t hold a candle to the awesomeness of FiberFix (it’s actually billed as 100x stronger than duct tape). This stuff gained a good bit of fame on the TV show “Shark Tank” of all places, and it’s been used by us to fix ax handles, piping, and a wealth of other things ever since. (Here’s our review of it.) With a little water, this tape hardens to often make the repair spot stronger than the original. It’s perfect for the dad in your life who likes to or can’t help but to break things.


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Milwaukee Tool 3″ Hardline Smooth Blade Knife

This is another item that we have reviewed on AGDAILY before, and to this day, it’s a tried and true blade to be carried around the farm. The blades have a slim profile and feel comfortable in hand, and with their D3 steel, they can take a beating. There are four knives in Hardline series: three drop-point smooth blades between 2.5 and 3.5 inches and one 3-inch partially serrated tanto blade, but this 3-inch version is our favorite.


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The Horse Holster

This strappable smartphone holder is awesome for the mom who loves going on trail rides. Made primarily to be affixed to the rider’s leg, it can also be clipped to a pocket, belt, waistband, or belt loop for added support! Couple that with having a cross-body and waist strap for those particularly rough rides, we’ve genuinely never seen any other smartphone holder perform this well.


MagnoGrip 311-090 Magnetic Wristband

MagnoGrip 311-090 Magnetic Wristband

This wristband is embedded with super strong magnets for holding screws, scissors, and small tools — think of it as a third helping hand when you need it most. It’s ideal for many woodworking, home improvement, and do-it yourself projects.


Dovetail Workwear

Dovetail Freshley Overall in Black Stretch Denim

These are not repurposed, boxy men’s overalls. They’re intentionally designed to complement a woman’s frame, without sacrificing the functionality of men’s overalls. There are deep pockets galore. Accessible — and functional — pockets! They have great, slightly stretchy fabric — the overalls move  no matter what position the wearer is in. The Freshley Overall is a straight-leg pant, fitted in the waist and thigh, relaxed through the calf with ample room for boots. It has double-front reinforced thigh and rear cuff panels minimize wear; flexible suspenders mean no restricted movement; locker loop for quick hanging; and inserts for your knee pads. Check out our unboxing video here and our larger review of this product here.


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Gerber Center-Drive Plus Multi-Tool with Bit Set

Gerber’s Center-Drive Plus is an innovative multitool that has scores of applications around the farm, and we’ve even gotten a chance to play with it some.

New to the Center-Drive Plus are:

  • The spring-loaded scissors
  • The partially serrated 3.25-inch blade
  • The tools are tumble finished for a sleek, polished aesthetic that doesn’t sacrifice performance
  • The American made, Berry-compliant full leather sheath has a snap closure to ensure secure stowage as well reliable performance

The purposeful one-thumb opening design remains for quick deployment to the tools you depend on most: the spring-loaded pliers, the full size blade, and the full size, center axis screwdriver. That screwdriver, especially, seems so obvious for a tool like this, but, until now, Gerber says no multi-tool has ever offered such a feature on the center axis with a standard bit.


milwaukee tool gift set

Milwaukee M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Hammer Drill/Impact Driver Combo Kit

The M18 1/2 inch Hammer Drill Driver with Milwaukee 4 pole frameless motor delivers 450 inch lbs. of peak torque; 0–550/0–1700 RPM; and 29000 BPM. It includes the M18 1/4-inch Hex Compact Impact Driver featuring a Milwaukee-designed impact mechanism for 1,400 inch lbs. of torque. The DPM Digital Power Management overload protection prevents damage to the tool and battery in abusive situations.


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Angus Worn-in Stretch Light Work Jacket

The Walls Angus Worn-in Stretch Light Work Jacket is the best work jacket we’ve ever had — and that’s about the best compliment we can give it. We wrote an entire review of this jacket. The Angus jacket had a perfect out-of-the-box feel and has survived a bevy of difficult and dirty tasks during the past several weeks of chilly spring mornings. I’m not even reaching for my other jackets anymore. The fit is true to size, and the jacket has five exterior pockets and two interior ones. The two standard outside breast pockets have snaps, while a third breast pocket is zippered. The hip pockets have a fuzzy lining, which means your hands warm up quickly even if you don’t have gloves on. The interior left pocket is zippered (perfect for stashing keys or credit cards), and the interior right has a Velcro closure. The cuffs have snaps to adjust the wrist openings, which is essential for days when the wind picks up and the chills try to sneak up your sleeves.


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BLACK+DECKER SLV2B 10W LED Lithium Ion Rechargeable Spotlight

Perfect for working on your machines out in the field or trying to find an animal that has gotten out of the fence, this lithium-ion rechargeable spotlight reaches up to 750 lumens. It also has a dual-purpose handle/stand and can run for up to seven hours.


agriculture degree mug

Do Not Confuse Your Google Search With My Agriculture Degree Stainless Steel Mug

This is our new go-to coffee mug! Who among us isn’t tired of the army of “keyboard farmers” on social media? This travel mug sums things up nicely, and is a perfect gift for anyone heading off to college or who has wrapped up their ag education. Just a heads up, though, this isn’t part of Amazon Prime, so expect delivery to take longer than a couple of days.

 

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